One Day Course& how we can help your flying really get started
Let the dream of learning to fly become a reality at The Gliding Centre.
Our modern high performance glider fleet, with both winch and aerotow facilities, and our team of highly experienced gliding instructors combine to allow you to progress safely and rapidly through the British Gliding Association training syllabus.
We find that these intensive training sessions will help you to learn more and progress more quickly than would be possible on a normal club day.
The session consists of briefings and flying instruction covering areas such as airfield safety, effects of controls and primary gliding exercises.
A full days experience with a BGA Qualified Instructor with up to 2 hours of flying using the Winch & Aerotow.
At the end of the day you will understand how the glider flies, have experienced what it feels like to handle the controls, and know how to stay safe at all times on the airfield.
Our Covid-19 Precautions
We are taking the current situation very seriously for everyone that visits the club. We're closely following the government recommendations in addition to our own sports best practices specific to flying and gliding.
We practice social distancing at the club with logs of visitors for contact tracing as well as sanitising our gliders and using face shields / masks.
1 Day Course
A full day on the airfield gliding! You’ll spend the day on the airfield with your BGA Instructor, flying for up to 2 hours depending on the soaring conditions. Depending on your need and the conditions you can launch using the Aerotow or Winch.
Book all week during the summer season (April – September, excl. Bank Holidays) and Wed/Sat/Sun all other times.
One Day Gliding Course
- Up to 2 hours flying, depending on the soaring conditions
- Winch and Aerotow available to use
- 1 Months Membership included
- Come back and fly at members rates!
- BGA Qualified Instructors
Our One Day course provides a good introduction to gliding, with an instructor you have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a member of The Gliding Centre. Bookable midweek during our summer season (1 April – 30 September, excluding Bank Holidays).
Our restaurant is usually open for breakfast and lunch during courses. Alternatively there are several excellent local pubs and eateries in the area.
Arranging your training:
When you buy a course from us we will email you a voucher and joining instructions, usually within one working day.
Once you have your voucher, you can then contact our office to book your course at a time convenient to you. The voucher is valid for one year after purchase, cannot be refunded or transfered.
If you have specific dates in mind, we will do our best to meet these, however there may be occasions when we cannot, due to prior bookings or for other reasons. In that case we will agree another suitable date with you.
What about the weather?
We all know and love our wonderful British weather! In fact, we can fly in most conditions, but some weather conditions are unsuitable for gliding, typically related to very strong winds, low cloud-base, poor visibility or rain. We ask that you contact us either in the morning of your booked afternoon session or if you are booked to be with us at 9am for a morning session, you ring late afternoon the day before so that we can advise on the weather prospects.